Welcome to ward design. We are an architectural and planning practice, with a reputation for innovation and tenacity Please bear with us as we re-design our website. During coming weeks we will add more and more detail.

Who we are

Ward Design was established in 1990. During the past 2 decades we have been involved in some very interesting, and some very challenging projects. These range in scale from modest to massive. Each is very personal to our clients, and we always do our best to give a personal service. The experience of our senior people, allied with the flair of our new talent offer a good blend


What we do

Design ought to be tailored to the client's needs, and the context into which it is delivered. That context might be physical environment, the policy context or the commercial marketplace. More likely there will be a balance to be found somewhere between the possible and the permissible. Our experience can guide you toward the best solution, with subtlety, beauty and some tenacity in the face of any headwinds.



Most design of new, or extended buildings, needs to be submitted to the planning authority for approval.

News: Council Performance. Since the 11 new Councils in NI assumed decision taking responsibility for planning applications in April 2015, it is sad to report that the performance levels have fallen. We hope that this is only a short term settling in issue, and that the local decision taking will prove to be as democratic and accountable as we expect.

News: 2016 looks set to set further recovery and growth in the local construction sector. Although bank funding for development remains curtailed, more creative solutions are being found, and development is happening. We are still falling very far short of delivery of the numbers of houses needed each year though.

Our Work

During our years in practice we have helped clients with a wide variety of project types. To help you consider the relevant aspect of our history to your current needs, please follow the appropriate link at the top of the page. If you still don't see what you need, we'd be happy to hear from you.

Jobs: We are recruiting again. We have two positions available: Architect: Recently qualified Part 3, or Part 2 with 2-3 years experience Architectural Technician: Experienced technician with 5+ years under their belt Project types include housing, hotel, care homes, student accommodation. Experience in both NI and GB would be desirable. CVs to info@ward-design.com.

Say Hello.

Feel free to contact us by email, phone, facebook etc. We'd be happy to offer help and advice, with no commitment in the first instance.